• WordNet 3.6
    • adj foolhardy marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences "foolhardy enough to try to seize the gun from the hijacker","became the fiercest and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay","a reckless driver","a rash attempt to climb Mount Everest"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foolhardy Bold without judgment or moderation; foolishly rash and venturesome.
    • foolhardy Synonyms Adventurous, Enterprising, Rash, etc. (see adventurous); hot-headed, hare-brained. See rash.
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  • Plutarch
    “Someone praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life.”


In literature:

But it does not seem possible you would be so foolhardy.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Some foolhardy fellows went over the weakly frozen together pieces of ice to land.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
To do these things without sufficient reason is foolhardiness.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
I surrender all claims upon either Lady de Clare or her daughter, if I ever was so foolhardy as to imagine that I had any.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
I must frankly own it was foolhardy; it was rash, it was even dangerous.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
The expedition to Canada, foolhardy though it proved, was pursued up to a certain point with real heroism.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
Mrs Clagget continued to abuse Charles for his foolhardiness, as she called it.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Oh yes, he had been rash, foolhardy.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Even so, I feel sorry for Wade and I am a little apprehensive of the consequences that will probably develop from his foolhardiness.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
To this foolhardiness may be largely attributed the heavy losses in officers suffered by the British Army in the War.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen

In poetry:

Trifle not with free-born Cossacks!
Nor too o'er foolhardy be!
Thy mad mood thou wilt atone for--
On his pike he'll skewer thee!
"The Delibash" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
The foolhardy ploughman I well could endure,
His praise was worth nothing, his censure was poor,
Fame bade me go on and I toiled the day long
Till the fields where he lived should be known in my song.
"The Frightened Ploughman" by John Clare

In news:

The following risky activities, decadent foods, and otherwise foolhardy indulgences are detrimental to your health.
Jumping right into a bundled payment initiative without thorough evaluation of how your organization might perform would be foolhardy.
The Spanish running of the bulls is a time-honored, if foolhardy, test of machismo and sobriety.
Driving a food truck takes a healthy combo of bravery and foolhardiness.
Relaxing them now would be foolhardy.
Obama's foolhardy trip to North Carolina.
Brave, Foolhardy and Just Unlucky: The Lives Lost in a Storm's Watery Fury.
So am I brave or foolhardy.
OWS Brings Its Light Cannon to the Village for Faculty's Foolhardy Protest.
Which Foolhardy Establishment Should You Drink In Tonight.
Relaxing them now would be foolhardy .
I believe it foolhardy, as a serious carwash operator, to try to excel or exploit both of these skills.
There's nobility in striving for a cause that seems foolhardy, toward a goal that could bring greater joy and understanding to the world.
It would be foolhardy to ignore some of the caution signs presented in this week's release of a report card for Illinois' schools.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Burbank Democrat, has been one of the few lawmakers foolhardy enough to attempt it.

In science:

It would be foolhardy for a theorist to try to judge this issue, but at least one gathers that, if the dark matter is composed of WIMPs, then they can be detected.
Conference Summary - 20th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics
While it would be foolhardy to claim that the opacity is now known, it does appear that the recent work of the OPAL and OP groups have removed the biggest uncertainties.
AGB Stars: Summary and Warning
We also started to produce particles essentially undreamed of before - well, dreamed of by only a few foolhardy visionaries.
LHC Symposium 2003: Summary Talk